Remembering Hurricane Ivan 7 years later


A few facts about incredible major Hurricane Ivan which came ashore 7 years ago on September 16, 2004.
Ivan shore as a category 3, but was once a category 5 storm, 10th most intense hurricane of all time.  There are many, many things that can be said about Ivan.  Here is a short Ivan fact list.
At it's peak, in the Gulf of Mexico, Ivan was the size of Texas. It was also responsible for spawning 119 tornadoes.
Ivan caused catastrophic damage to Grenada and heavy damage to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and the western tip of Cuba. After peaking in strength, the hurricane moved north-northwest across the Gulf of Mexico to strike Gulf Shores as a strong Category 3 storm, causing significant damage.  Some of the worst damage on the coats was in Pensacola.
The remnant low from the storm moved into the western subtropical Atlantic and regenerated into a tropical cyclone, which then moved across Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center made the unprecedented decision to give Ivan its name back as it once gain became a tropical storm over the northern Gulf, eventually moving into Louisiana after making a complete loop.  Unbelievable.
Ivan caused more than 20 billion dollars damage and is the 5th most costly hurricane of all time. 
The National Hurricane Center said that the rapid strengthening of Ivan on September 5 was unprecedented at such a low latitude in the Atlantic basin.  First category 5 hurricane for such a low latitude.
After passing Jamaica, Ivan resumed a more northerly track and regained Category 5 strength. Ivan's strength continued to fluctuate as it moved west on September 11, and the storm attained its highest winds of 165 mph close to Grand Cayman Ivan reached its peak strength with a minimum central pressure of 910 millibars. on September 12, making Ivan the tenth most intense hurricane on record, as of August 2007. Ivan passed through the Yucatan Channel late on September 13 while its eyewall affected the westernmost tip of Cuba. Once over the Gulf, it weakened slightly to Category 4 strength, which it maintained while approaching the Alabama Gulf coast.

Ivan had the world record of 33 six-hour periods with an intensity at or above Category 4 strength.

The Naval Research Lab estimates that at its height, waves in Ivan reached a maximum on 131 feet.

Ivan was one of the fearesome foursome in 2004, which included Charlie, Francis Jeanne and Ivan.  the state of Florida was under seige.

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